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4:41 AM Sat, Nov. 17th

Prescott Bike Month events start next week

The Prescott Alternative Transportation organization will kick off its annual Prescott Bike Month next week, featuring a packed schedule of events.

Jim Knaup of Prescott Alternative Transportation (PAT) appeared before the Prescott City Council on Tuesday to accept the city proclamation, designating April 18 through May 20 as Prescott's Bike Month.

Knaup reported that more than 20 sponsors participated in the printing of 7,000 calendars for the Bike Month events. The calendars were distributed in April's Pop Rocket newspaper, and also are available on PAT's website at www.prescottbikeped.org.

Among the activities is the Whiskey Off-Road endurance mountain bike ride (April 29 to May 1), which is expected to attract nearly 1,500 racers, including pro riders competing for a $20,000 purse.

The month will culminate on May 20 - National Ride to Work Day - with Prescott's annual "Ride to Work with the Mayor" event.

The rest of the month will feature a variety of activities that include rides, maintenance clinics, movie nights, trail work days, bike lane symbol painting, skills training, and bike polo.

Because some of the events were still being added as the schedule was going to print, Prescott Alternative Transportation will post additions and updates on its website.

Also, updated information is available by "friending" Prescott Bike Month on Facebook.

Prescott Alternative Transportation is a nonprofit organization that has been working to make central Yavapai County more bicycle and pedestrian friendly since 1997.